Maryhill Museum of Art

Maryhill Museum of Art

35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620 - United States

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Housed in a Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River, Maryhill Museum of Art opened to the public in 1940, and today remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural destinations. The museum was founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, who purchased the property and began building the house with dreams of establishing a Quaker farming community. When that goal proved untenable, Hill was encouraged by friends Loïe Fuller, Queen Marie of Romania, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to establish a museum.

Maryhill Museum of Art boasts an outstanding permanent collection, intriguing rotating exhibitions and dynamic educational programs that provide opportunities for further exploration by visitors of all ages. On view are more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d’art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France. Baskets of the indigenous people of North America were a collecting interest of Hill; today the museum’s American Indian collection contains works from people groups throughout North America.

Maryhill’s William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park features more than a dozen large-scale works by Northwest artists. The Maryhill Overlook is a site-specific sculpture by noted Portland architect Brad Cloepfil; nearby are Lewis and Clark interpretive panels. Four miles east of Maryhill Museum is a life-sized replica of Stonehenge—Stonehenge Memorial—which Sam Hill built to memorialize local men who perished in World War I. Nearby, the Klickitat County War Memorial honors those who have died in the service of their country since World War I.



Something for Everyone: New Treasures from the Permanent Collections
March 15–November 15, 2017
The genesis of Maryhill Museum of Art’s permanent collection was a gift from Queen Marie of Romania during her 1926 visit to dedicate the museum. Since that time, the collection has expanded tremendously, with particular growth since 2010. The exhibition includes a fascinating array of newly acquired works, including Romanian folk clothing, American Indian baskets and beadwork, half-size French and American fashions, medieval illuminated manuscripts, art glass, as well as paintings and prints by artists Lillian Pitt, Rick Bartow, Fritz Scholder, R.H. Ives Gammell, and others.

Théâtre de la Mode
March 15–November 15, 2017
Three Théâtre de la Mode sets and their accompanying fashion mannequins are on view during 2017: Jean Cocteau’s “My Wife is a Witch,” Jean Saint Martin’s “Paris Sketch” and Anne Surger’s “Street Scene.”

Ancient Greek Ceramics from the Permanent Collection
March 15–November 15, 2017
In 1926, Queen Marie of Romania’s oldest daughter, Elisabetha, the former Queen Consort of Greece, gave to Maryhill Museum of Art a collection of terracotta Tanagra figures and ancient Greek pottery vessels. Tanagras are figurines that were rediscovered near the Beotian town of Tanagra, (central Greece) in the 1870s. They are made of mold-cast terracotta and were produced after the late 4th century A.D. The amphorae and related ceramic vessels in the exhibition are mostly from Cyprus and date from the Iron Age to the Early Roman Period (c. 1050 B.C.E.–50 A.D.).

Maryhill Favorites: The Western Experience
March 15–November 15, 2017
This exhibition includes paintings, photographs and sculptures from Maryhill’s collections that show all aspects of the American West, including cowboy, Indian, wildlife and Western landscape subjects. Featured artists include Edward Curtis, John Fery, Alfred Lenz, Eanger Irving Couse, Edward Burns Quigley, and Charles Marion Russell.

Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway
March 15–November 15, 2017
Black and white photo prints showing both construction of the highway and early scenic views of the Columbia River Gorge appear in this exhibition. Most of the images are drawn from Sam Hill’s personal photo collection, which is housed at Maryhill Museum of Art.


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